A woman and her twin daughters were found dead in Illinois Monday. Police officials are of the opinion that it seems a case of double murder suicide. An Illinois mother and her 5-year-old twin daughters were found dead in an apparent double murder-suicide on Monday.
Authorities claim that the 41-year old woman, Celisa Henning was found with a gunshot wound to her head, while her 5-year old twin daughters, Makayla and Addison were found shot multiple times at their heads. Officials claim that the trio was found by the woman’s husband in a Joliet home.
The woman was reportedly very attached to her kids and therefore it is impossible for many of her neighbors and relatives to believe that she could take such an extreme step and kill the twins before taking her own life too. One of her neighbors was quoted by Chicago Tribune as saying, “If she did this, I can’t imagine the terror in her heart…Those kids were her life. She was an excellent mother.”
While investigation in the death of the mother and her children continues, police are taking it as double murder suicide. Her neighbors claim that the kids had just started kindergarten at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Joliet. Counseling services were made available to students and staff at the school Tuesday and will continue to be available as needed, a spokesman for the Diocese of Joliet said.
Celisa Henning was reportedly suffering from serious health issues. But details of these issues is not really very clear. There are reports that the woman had filed a lawsuit against a 61-year-old woman in connection an accident some she had some two years ago in the year 2015 accident. The accident was serious and she had suffered serious life threatening injuries, though she survived. The lawsuit, which sought more than $100,000 in damages, alleged Henning suffered a lower back injury as a result of the crash. “As a consequence thereof, Celisa K. Henning, has suffered and will continue to suffer great pain and mental anguish,” the lawsuit stated.
Meanwhile Joliet police officials are not aware of any health issue that she may be suffering. “There were no previous indicators that there was cause for concern from our end…I’m not sure what prompted this, but again, it’s a terrible tragedy and we are very sensitive to the concerns of the family”, Police Chief Brian Benton was quoted by a news organization as saying.
Her father in law said that the woman was disturbed, though he reportedly failed to elaborate as to how she was troubled.